MERRY MERRY {day 25}

See you in 2012, Monsters!

xo Ash & Kimmy

 

Click here to see embedded stop motion merriness!

SWEATER WREATHS {day 24}

Bringing back an oldie but a goodie: DIY SWEATER WREATHS! This tutorial was a hit last season, and even got a shout on Design Sponge, so I thought it worthy of a repost.

I can’t believe I made it to Day 24 of DIY DECEMBER. 24 posts under my belt. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Do be sure to check out the full spread here. And I hope that you’ll forgive me for this pull from the archives. You can see the full tutorial here.

And now, HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE! I’m off to enjoy a day of cooking and caroling and general merriment with my family. I do hope you do likewise.

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NUTCRACKER SUITE {day 23}

Today, the entire family descends on our home, so James and I are busying ourselves with wrapping, baking, and prepping for a weekend of festivities and eating. Lots of delicious eating! We’ll be making this peppermint ice cream, this fudge sauce, and this caramel corn later today. Yum! What are your favorite treats during the Christmas season?

For those that need a sweet last minute gift or bit of decor for their home before the date hits the big 2-5, I highly recommend you head on over to Sarah Jane Studios and check out her selection of PDF printables. As former ballerinas who danced in Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, I couldn’t resist the Nutcracker Suite Puppet Theater. I’ll be turning these 12 ballerina cutouts into ornaments for Kimmy’s future Christmas trees. I’ll be sure to listen to Tchaikovsky the whole time to get me in the spirit! Merry Merry!

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HOT BUTTERED RUM {day 22}

Okay, so I am clearly on a sugary, spiced treats kick. Given our household’s affinity for rum-based cocktails, we were pleased to discover this yummy (and dangerously sweet) Hot Buttered Rum recipe thanks to Tree Top.

We made up a batch of the Kris Kringle’s Jingle Hot Buttered Rum mix and gifted it in mason jars topped off with cinnamon sticks and ice skate ornaments to a number of family and friends. We used Tree Top’s Spiced Cider and our favorite rum, Gosling’s Black Seal, but adjust the recipe and your ciders/rums of choice accordingly.

And while you’re at it, make yourself a cup and cozy up by the fire with some holiday tunes. It’ll get you in the spirit in no time!

Again, recipe card is thanks to these lovely free printables.

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FABRIC GIFT WRAP {day 21}

I’ve always been enamored of fabric gift wrapping and the art of furoshiki. Thanks to a supply of fabric spray paint by Spray Paint 4 Fabric and some simple flour cloths, I decided to give it a go this season. I didn’t get too fancy – just did some Jackson Pollack like spray painting over the cloth, let it dry, and then got to folding and tying and wrapping!

This site provided much inspiration. I decided to wrap up this little package using the Apple Wrap. (And I made my first animated gif. WATCH OUT! It’s not nearly as hilarious as this Cookie Monster gif. But, ya know, it gives you a sense of the process).

apple wrap gif

It’s particularly lovely that the wrapping then doubles as a gift itself, no?

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